And if you are already in the festive mood and plan to make some DIY gifts for your family and friends, here's a simple lip balm recipe to try. It will come in very handy if one is travelling this holiday season.
7.5g vegetable oil - choose from sweet almond oil, jojoba oil, rosehip oil, coconut oil etc
5.25g vegetable butter - cocoa butter, shea butter, avocado butter etc
2 drops of your preferred essential oil
To prepare a lip balm, melt the beeswax, vegetable oil and vegetable butter (preferably in a double boiler) and mix them thoroughly. Take the oil mixture off the heat and when it starts to cool and slightly thicken, add the essential oil (around 40 degree Celsius).
Before adding the essential oil, test the consistency of the lip balm by putting a few drops on a glass that has been left in the freezer for a while. This will allow you to adjust the oil mixture before pouring them into a container or tube of your choice.